Most folks know by now that it’s a bad idea to use antibacterial products (look for triclosan as an ingredient) in the home, unless you’re caring for an extremely ill and vulnerable individual. If you didn’t know this, here’s an excellent primer on the whys and wherefores. Read the good stuff at the top, scroll past the gobbledygook, then read the other good stuff about allergies at the bottom. The scoop: using anti-bacterial products in a healthy home is not only unnecessary, it is damaging to your health and the environment.

In any case, the problem is that non-antibacterial products–especially liquid body soap–are getting very hard to find. As usual, the herd mentality is at work. As Tommy Lee Jones said in MIB: “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals.” This was brought home to me when, on the latest Ping, Paul asked me where I’d found a non-antibacterial soap. I pointed him toward Ivory Liquigel. The ingredients:

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Lauramide DEA, Sodium Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA

Okay, not exactly organic delight, but no triclosan.

You can also get antibacterial-free soap at places like The Body Shop, which makes lovely stuff.

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